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Qatar confirms its status as a strategic market for the marble and stone sector

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Veronese company Stone Italiana wins an order worth 4 million euros

That Arab countries are one of the most promising markets for the natural stone sector, and the construction field as a whole, is well known. And if there were any need for further confirmation, this comes with the order worth 4 million euros recently won by Stone Italiana in Qatar.
The Veronese company is a leader in the production of quartz and re-composed marble slabs thanks to an absolutely innovative technology and will supply Qatar Foundation - a local organisation involved in the development of education, science and society which manages as many as eight university institutes - with 30 thousand sq.m. of pavings, 28 kilometres of wainscots and 1300 bathroom sets including sink tops and shelves for a new university campus, at an overall cost of 332 million dollars, in the Educational City of Doha. This contract may well be only the first in a series of orders in coming years for various Qatar Foundation projects. "The challenge," explained CEO Roberto Dalla Valle, "was to ensure 100% respect of aesthetic canons, since the design of the college combines traditional Arab elements with a more contemporary graphics style, as well as environmental requirements envisaging the use of materials based on recycled glass to produce very complex motifs. It was by no means easy but in the end we managed to find the 500 tonnes of glass needed and to satisfy every request." The use of recycled material is one of the special characteristics of Stone Italiana's refined products and will help attain Leed Platinum Certification for the entire complex. Stone Italiana will take part in the “Qatar 2012 Project”, the main exhibition appointment in the area for the building sector scheduled in Doha this coming Spring. Founded in 1979, the Veneto-based company in 2011 posted turnover of €38 millions, an increase of 20%; the figure in 2012 is expected to exceed €40 millions. The two factories in Zimella and Villesse (Gorizia) have 160 employees, while new personnel will probably be taken on in the course of the year. Exports to 80 countries already cover 50% of production and are in constant growth.


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Verona, 11/04/2012

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